Advantages and Disadvantages of using Self-Assessment
Posted November 28, 2009on:
- Self-assessment can give us a perspective of student’s expectations, necessities, problems and frustrations in the L2/FLL process.
- Self-assessment can give us a more humanistic perspective of the student’s development, in other words how do students’ feel, it is a means of checking their emotional thermometer and measuring the level of anxiety they experiment.
- Self-assessment can reveal the students’ attitude towards the course, the language they are studying, the materials and activities.
- Self-assessment can also give hints of the students’ opinion about the course and their feelings or perception about their progress in learning the L2/FL.
- Self-assessment is also an important indicator of how mature our students are.
- Self-assessment develops more interest in the course from students.
- Self-assessment can aid students’ in taking responsibility of their own learning.
- It can be fairly unreliable if students do not trust the teacher, or if grading is in stakes; e.g., if students know that if they give themselves a bad grade this will impact their score.
- It can be time-consuming if not planed adequately.
- It can be taken as an opportunity to attack the teacher.
- Depending on the students’ maturity, it might not be taken seriously, and thus seen only as a means from the teacher to waste time as if he/she had nothing else to do.
- It requires from the students to be trained in order to work adequately.
- It is difficult to apply in lower levels.
- If not done orally, sometimes, e. g. in writing, it can be ignored and thus rendered worthless.